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bicyclic

or bicyclical

[bahy-sahy-klik, -sik-lik or bahy-sahy-kli-kuh l, -sik-li-kuh l] /baɪˈsaɪ klɪk, -ˈsɪk lɪk or baɪˈsaɪ klɪ kəl, -ˈsɪk lɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
consisting of or having two cycles or circles.
2.
Botany. in two whorls, as the stamens of a flower.
3.
pertaining to or resembling a bicycle.
Origin of bicyclic
1875-1880
First recorded in 1875-80; bi-1 + cyclic
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British Dictionary definitions for bicyclic

bicyclic

/baɪˈsaɪklɪk; -ˈsɪklɪk/
adjective
1.
of, forming, or formed by two circles, cycles, etc
2.
(of stamens, petals, etc) arranged in two whorls
3.
(of a chemical compound) having atoms arranged in two rings fused together with at least two atoms common to each ring: naphthalene is bicyclic
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bicyclic in Science
bicyclic
  (bī-sī'klĭk, -sĭk'lĭk)   
  1. Relating to a compound having two closed rings. Naphthalene is a bicyclic compound.

  2. Composed of or arranged in two distinct whorls, as the petals of a flower.


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